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Notes written by Oskar Speck relating to his voyage

Date: 1930s
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Nancy Jean Steele Bequest
Object Copyright: © Australian National Maritime Museum
Object Name: Report
Object No: ANMS0533[016]

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    • Timor receives a new governor There really should be nothing new in this fact, since there probably isn't any other European colony that changes its Governors with the same largesse as the Portuguese have the habit of doing on Timor. More than half a dozen Governors have arrived from Portugal in the last 20 years alone. Naturally, this constant change of Governors has had a negative influence on the development of the country and it would be fair to say that looking at the more than four hundred years of European domination, Portuguese Timor is the most backward of all European colonies. The people have long been used to this fact and each time they receive the order to appear at the reception of another new Governor at the capital Dili, they prepare for the day-long marches from their villages into town with the gay abandon of unruly children. The reception of a Governor means celebration, dancing for days and nights to the provocative rhythms of drums and gongs. And what else would the Timorese, who have long given up any hope of wealth and improved living conditions coming from the Europeans, rather do than celebrate and dance.
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